- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CBS’ Grammy win

It was no contest on Sunday, with “The 51st Annual Grammy Awards” lifting CBS to a hefty advantage of 8.2 million viewers and 86 percent among adults 18 to 49 over second-place ABC, MediaWeek.com reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

This year’s Grammys averaged 19.6 million viewers and finished a solid first in every half-hour. Compared to the year-ago telecast of 17.1 million on Feb. 10, 2008, that’s an increase of 2.5 million viewers and 17 percent among adults 18 to 49.

Final figures are due out today.

Nick’s got ‘Talent’

Nick Cannon isn’t short on talent, and now “Talent” isn’t short on Nick Cannon.

Mariah Carey’s husband has signed on to replace Jerry Springer as the new host of “America’s Got Talent,” NBC announced Monday.

The 28-year-old will join returning judges Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan in the Simon Cowell-conceived reality show when it returns for its fourth season this summer.

Jerry’s sidekick back

“The Steve Wilkos Show” will be back in 2009, with stations in major markets renewing the spinoff from “The Jerry Springer Show” for a third season, TVWeek.com reported Monday.

The talk show is hosted by former Chicago police officer and ex-“Jerry Springer Show” bouncer Steve Wilkos, 44.

“Wilkos” — seen weekdays at noon on WDCW-Channel 50 — and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” are the only talk shows showing a year-over-year increase in ratings this season, TVWeek.com notes.

‘Court’ adjourned

The verdict is in for “Cristina’s Court.” It won’t be renewed for a fourth season, Variety reports — although original episodes will be produced through September.

The show, which stars Judge Cristina Perez, airs weekdays at 3:30 p.m. on Fox5-WTTG.

TNT OK’s Barkley

TNT will bring back Charles Barkley to its NBA coverage, Broadcastingcable.com says, citing a report in the Sports Business Journal.

The former NBA standout has been off-air on a leave of absence since shortly after a Dec. 31 arrest in Arizona in which he was accused of drunk driving.

Off to prime time

The hosts of AMC’s Sunday-morning show “Shootout” are heading for prime time, the cable network tells Daily Variety.

Peter Bart and Peter Guber will host a series of specials called “StoryMakers.” The first show is scheduled to premiere Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

According to Variety, “StoryMakers” will feature intimate gatherings of top actors in round-table discussions of current entertainment topics.

“Shootout” premiered in October 2003 as a half-hour weekly talk show and over its run has featured such guests as Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Jamie Foxx, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker and Charlize Theron.

Mr. Bart is editor in chief of Variety; Mr. Guber is chairman and chief executive of Mandalay Entertainment and former chairman of the board and chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

On tap tonight

T.I.’s Road to Redemption (9 p.m., MTV). Rapper T.I., who is facing jail time, tries to stop teenagers from making poor choices that will ruin their lives.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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